Nyon (VD)

A Roman Holiday


Did you know that the lakeside town of Nyon in Canton Vaud is over 2,000 years old? Founded by the Romans between 50 and 44 BC, Novidonium grew to be one of the most important Roman colonies in modern-day Switzerland. If you’d like to take a (giant!) step back in time and learn about everyday life in ancient Roman times, don’t miss ‘Une journée romaine à Nyon‘ on Saturday 11th of June […]

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Fresh From the Farm


If you enjoyed our previous post about unmanned farm shops and started sourcing more of your groceries from a local farm rather than large supermarkets, you’ll be happy to know that the Domaine de Bois-Bougy in Nyon (VD) is not only a good supplier of fresh, seasonal vegetables but also a little corner of paradise for dairy lovers. This lovely farm on the edges of Nyon does in fact boast an automatic dispenser of raw milk (lait cru* […]

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Playgrounds in Geneva, Vaud & Lausanne

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The city of Geneva boasts a grand total of over 85 playgrounds, which include great playing fields like those at the parc la Grange; parc Trembley and the Jardin Botanique, and all schools’ recreation grounds that remain open to everyone outside school hours and at weekends. Bise or shine, they’re great places to make new friends and let the little munchkins burn off energy before heading back home. Not to mention the fact that […]

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Les Puces de Nyon


If you love scouring flea markets for unique finds, don’t miss the next Puces de Nyon market, which takes place on the last Sunday of every month in the lovely lakeside town of Nyon (VD). Stretching along the lakeside and with the spectacular backdrop of the Château de Nyon perched high on the hill, this flea market is probably one of the most scenic in the area.       The market stalls […]

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Bouke de Vries in Nyon

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If you happen to drive past Nyon in the next few weeks, why not make a stop to visit the Bouke de Vries exhibition at the Château de Nyon? “Bouke de Vries. Fragments” will run until the 12th of April 2015, and it’s a great opportunity to see a series of artworks by the London-based Dutch artist, some of which have been especially created for the Nyon Castle museum and inspired by its historical porcelain […]

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Christmas Sparkle


With snow-capped mountains, world-renowned Xmas markets and cozy wooden chalets so close to home, Switzerland is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the festive season. If you’re lucky enough to be spending Xmas here, take a look at our festive listings for the coming weeks and remember to check for all last minute events and New Year’s celebrations that will be added to the list very […]

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Playtime at the Ludotheque


What makes the much dreaded rentrée more exciting and fun? For us, discovering that some of our favourite family haunts have undergone a superb makeover and are now even better than before. This was the case last week when I dragged my little grumpy monsters back to the Ludothèque de Nyon to return the toys they’d borrowed over the summer to discover the whole place had been renovated and filled with a selection […]

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What’s On in September 2014

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The summer holidays have flown by so fast we barely had time to dry out our bathing suits. Already, it’s time to go back to the old routines but don’t worry as there is still a great deal to do with children in this wonderful area during the autumn months so make the most of our events listings for the month of September. Remember to keep checking our blog on […]

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What’s On in August 2014


The best season of the year is in full swing, whether you’ll be away or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week. 1st August 2014: celebrate Swiss National Day with a brunch at the farm, a […]

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Pirates Ahoy

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Nyon Plage is now fit for budding pirates! After its recent renovation, the Plage communale des Trois-Jetées in Nyon features a fantastic wooden pirate ship, complete with slide and command room. We’ve talked about Nyon plage before, but this new facelift is just too fantastic not to be documented with a few more photos. There’s no parking right next to the Plage communale des Trois-Jetées, so you will have to park a bit further […]

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IGusti of Nyon


Yes, plenty has already been written about gelato on this blog but when we accidentally come across a new place where delicious (& very honestly priced) homemade ice-cream is served, well…we simply must share photos and full details. The new IGusti gelateria artigianale in Nyon on Rue Neuve 5 is right next door to Le Capitole cinema. Their irresistible, creamy gelato is made according to old Italian traditions and scooped using a ‘paletta’, hence the skillful, elegant swirl […]

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A Ribambelle Birthday

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Last week we celebrated my middle son’s birthday and – for the second year in a row – we booked our favourite party venue: La Ribambelle in Nyon (VD). This is such a fantastic place to hold a young child’s birthday (and very honestly priced too) that I just had to share some pictures here – I know it is very popular and very well known but just in case some of […]

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Pizza for Two?

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You know the exhilarating feeling you get when a family member/trusted friend offers to look after your little rascals for the evening, so that you can enjoy a night out with your better half? Well, for me, that felling is always accompanied by a panicked frenzy. As used as I am to thinking of the little buttons first and choosing restaurants accordingly (“Do they have highchairs? What about a play […]

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All Aboard


This weekend the little pirates & I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon at the Musée du Léman in Nyon. Recently renovated, this great museum is an ideal destination for a family day-out: not only it’s child-friendly and very interactive but it’s located just next to one of Nyon’s best playgrounds, facing Lake Léman & its stunning views. And when your visit is over, you can take a stroll in Nyon’s old town and […]

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Chocolate & Coffee Heaven in Nyon

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Every excuse is good when it comes to chocolate: Xmas, a gift for friends or just a well-deserved treat for yours truly. As expats living in the land of chocolate, we’re quite lucky to have all this deliciousness at our fingertips so how could I resist the temptation of trying out a new chocolaterie when I heard a foodie friend rave about it? Enter Claudio Corallo‘s teensy new chocolaterie & coffee […]

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What’s On in November

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Here’s our events listings for the month of November, remember to keep checking our blog on a general basis as we will be updating this post with more events each week !   30th October-16th November 2013: “Just So Stories” by Rudyard Kipling at the Simply Theatre Studios in Versoix (Centre de Choiseul, Avenue de Choiseul 23A). How did the cat learn to walk by himself? Why does the elephant have such a long trunk? Where did […]

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It’s Pick-Your-Own Season

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Although many crops have been damaged by this summer’s storms, it is still possible to pick-your-own autumn fruits this season in various farms around Geneva & Vaud. My little monsters had a blast apple-picking in Collex-Bossy last year and we didn’t want to miss it this time round (be it rainy or not!) so we headed to “Le Panier Gourmand” (domaine d’Avenex, 1274 Signy), a lovely farm run by the Heuberger family, where […]

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Outdoor Fun in Nyon

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Calling all exhausted mums: if you live in the Nyon area and are looking for a lovely playground where your little monkeys can clamber to their hearts’ content while you have a sneaky little sit-down, head for the place de jeu “Lignes d’aventure” at the Plage des Trois-Jetées. This fab outdoor climbing area – suitable from 3 to 12 years of age – is located next to Nyon plage (walk from Route de […]

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What’s On in August


The best season of the year is in full swing, whether you’ll be away or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Click here to download the full summer programme of activities in Geneva, who said there’s nothing to do in the city during the school break ?! Remember to […]

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What’s On in July


The kids’ summer holidays have started, I can’t believe how fast this school year has flown by ! Whether you’ll be away or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Click here to download the full summer programme of activities in Geneva, who said there’s nothing to do in […]

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Summer of Gelato

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I know the time has come for this post to be published, but a part of me is still a bit reticent: after the spring we’ve had so far, I wouldn’t want to jinx it… but summer must go on so here’s our top spots to enjoy the best gelato, this side of the Alps. To me, nothing screams scorching summer’s days more than a cone of deliciously creamy Italian gelato. […]

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Swiss Style Fish & Chips

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The family and I came across the Restaurant la Nautique in Nyon a few weeks ago, completely by chance. It was a sunny Saturday morning and we were taking a lakeside stroll from the gorgeous gardens of the Conservatoire de l’Ouest Vaudois, along rue des Pecheries and towards Nyon’s town centre. This is actually a lovely lakeside walk, complete with handbook mountain-views and plenty of sailing boats to delight all aspiring little sailors. This […]

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Gardening at Prangins Castle

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If you’re a keen gardener or still a beginner but raring to learn more, why not make the most of spring and take a gardening course in the beautiful grounds of Prangins Castle ? On the first Saturday of the month, starting from the 2nd of March until the 5th of October 2013 you’ll be able to learn about soil types, organic planting tecniques, heritage vegetables and caring for fruit trees with the glorious […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs in Nyon

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Last Thursday, I could not resist the opportunity to visit again The Desalpes Company’s Home and Lifestyle collection at their mid-winter fair in Nyon. Having already purchased one of Mikée Westerling’s iconic Swiss Army Blanket cushions (which was given the seal of approval by all the family as you can see in this photo) ‘ we ‘ wanted another. If you’d like to see more of Mikée’s collection, visit The […]

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Sunday Survival Guide

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It is one of the first things you will hear from other expats when you arrive in Geneva. They might be moaning about it, cranky and stressed from years of suffering, or declare it’s the best thing that could ever happen to you and your family, claiming it gives you time for things other than “worshipping at the altar of Tesco’s” (a direct quote from another expat mum). The thing […]

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What’s On in December


The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season ! Take a look at our previous posts for more info about Geneva’s Escalade (7th-9th December 2012); Noël à Carouge (Xmas market 14th-16th December 2012, boutiques open every Sunday); Montreux Noël (until 24th December 2012) as well as Christmas tales under the tree at the Ariana Museum (Sunday 16th December 2012) […]

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It’s a Chocolate Xmas !


We’ve already blogged about how much we love the Château de Prangins (VD) but this time I think they’ll truly knock our Xmas socks off ! If you love chocolate and you have little buttons who just can’t wait for the 25th to come, mark this free family event on your diary – I have a feeling there will be plenty of chocolate-moustached little faces walking around…   Sunday 9th of December […]

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Baby Storytime in Nyon


If you’re the proud parents of a little bundle aged between 7 and 12 months and you love books, don’t miss the baby storytime organized at the Librairie Gaspard Le Canard (The Reading Duck) in Nyon on Thursday 6th of December 2012 at 10am.   It’s never too early to introduce your little buttons to the joys of reading, and it’s true what they say: books are great for babies too […]

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Birthday Planning Tips

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At one point or another, we’ve all been thrown into a frenzy by the scary prospect of having to organize our child’s birthday party. The list of questions in our minds becomes endless: have the party at home or find a location where everything will be taken care of ? Invite the whole class or just a few close friends ? Where to find a nice decorated cake and cupcakes the little ones will […]

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Kids Theatre in Nyon


Have you ever been to one of the theatre shows for kids at L’usine à gaz in Nyon (VD) ? It’s absolutely worth it and the shows are great: a bit surreal, a bit whimsical but always 100% adorable. I love the atmosphere of this little theatre (which is also a music venue and cultural centre for various exhibitions) because it reminds me of the small fringe theatres in London that we used […]

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Playtime in Nyon


Last Saturday we came across this fantastic playground in Nyon. It faces the lake (great views are guaranteed!) and is right next door to the Musée du Léman. The playground is called Place de jeux du Bourg-de-Rive (click here to see the map) and there’s an underground car-park just a few meters away.   The Place de jeux du Bourg-de-Rive is around 100 square meters, it’s fenced all around and is for […]

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Floral Pop-up Café


Do you love flowers, gardening and delicious cupcakes? If so make a note in your diary of this coming weekend’s outdoor event in Trélex, near Nyon (Canton Vaud). On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of June, renowned florist Rémy from Jaggi Garden Centre in Trélex will host an open-house of his flowers and plants business accompanied by a pop-up café run by The Heidi Bakery. Rémy and Heidi invite everyone to come along and see the beautiful Jaggi Garden Centre, stock […]

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The Tintin Connection


With the release of Spielberg’s 3D movie last year, cartoon-character Tintin has enjoyed a well-deserved revival. But did you know that there is a special connection between Hergé‘s hero and Geneva? I didn’t, so I am quite chuffed to add this to my list of Swiss trivia for buffs. It is in the 18th book of the Tintin series, “The Calculus Affair” (“L’Affaire Tournesol” in French) that the eponymous reporter […]

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Make a Splash!


Now that summer is finally here, what better way to enjoy the sunshine than let your little ones splash around in one of Geneva’s paddling pools, lake beaches or great lidos ? Free paddling pools Although we often say that life in Geneva is very expensive, did you know just how many free pataugeoires there are in the city? If you’d like to find out, the official Ville de Genève website has published […]

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